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Traffic stop by Watertown police prompts heroin seizure

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A Watertown man was found possessing a small quantity of heroin and a syringe after he was halted early Wednesday for driving without headlights, according to Watertown police.

John D. Deegan, 26, of 219 E. Hoard St., was arrested at 1:10 a.m. in the 300 block of State Street on charges of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and the headlight infraction. He was detained pending arraignment in City Court.

Police conducted a vehicle search after he was arrested on the aggravated-unlicensed charge, which stems from five suspensions on his license. The syringe and heroin, contained in a wax envelope, were found under the driver’s seat, police said.

Mr. Deegan was sentenced in February 2010 in Jefferson County Court to five years’ probation for second-degree burglary.

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